Welcome to All Saints Church, Witley

All Saints Church, Witley, Surrey

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December: those cold and frosty morns are with us again

December already! And it does now feel like we are living in the lines of Christina Rossetti's poem, which I guess we know as the popular carol:
"In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone."


Still such good old English weather has the benefit of eagerly turning our hearts towards the warmth and hope of the Christ child; and most of us are now I guess thinking about Christmas. The shops are decorated and full of gifts. Christmas trees and carol-singers are to be seen about. Speaking of which, it was a real pleasure to be invited to bless our beautiful Witley village tree, provided by the Parish Council, which can be seen standing proud and well-lit outside the Chichester Hall. Soon there will be school nativity plays, pantomimes and presents to be bought. Amidst all this activity it is easy to miss the Christmas Message of "Peace and Goodwill to all people". We can easily get so caught up in the busyness and preparations for Christmas, that by the time it comes we are jaded and tired. It is therefore a great idea to reserve some time for rest and quiet over the next few weeks.

The Christmas story is one of hope and joy - the birth of baby Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem, visited by shepherds and kings. This baby who grew up to become Jesus - the young man who healed the sick, showed kindness to all he met and taught us to "love one another" and to "treat others as we should like them to treat us". If we all did that, we might indeed have peace on earth. Christmas is a time when we show love and care for our families and friends; but we know there are many people for whom Christmas is not a happy time and it is important to remember those who are ill or lonely and on their own. Perhaps we can give a bit of money or even better a bit of time to help the homeless, hungry or home alone.

If you would like to enter the true spirit of Christmas why not come and sing carols at All Saints' Church. Our traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is on Sunday 16th December at 6.00pm. It will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve starts at 11.30pm. On Christmas Morning we have both a quiet reflective Holy Communion at 8.00am and a full Parish Eucharist with Choir at 9.45am. The Churchwardens, Revd Ann Fraser and myself look forward to welcoming you to any of our Christmas Services. We would be privileged to share the joy of this special season with you, so come and join in the celebrations.

Of course, straight after Christmas, 2019 will be upon us. The New Year is usually a time for New Year resolutions. We shall all make our own - but one resolution might be that we try to carry some of the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill on through next year!

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year and a healthy and peaceful 2019.



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VISITING THE CHURCH

All Saints Church has a huge wooden door, which, while being very old and attractive in its own way can be a physical barrier to those who have never entered All Saints before - don't let it be like that. Turn the handle, push the door and come in, all are welcome. Inside you will find a building that is filled with the prayers of 1000 years, a wall painting that is 900 years old, a 700-year-old Lady Chapel with medieval stained glass, signs of the conflict in the 16th and 17th century with an unfinished memorial tablet in the sanctuary and several other family memorials. The 18th century put in a gallery which was removed by the Victorians who added so much more, including a whole aisle on the North Side. The Victorians with three generations of Chandler Vicars built the organ, the bell tower and the vestry. They refurbished the chancel ceiling, floor and altar and put up memorials to the eminent people of the day as they passed on. The beginning of the 20th century completed the collection of stained glass windows and introduced the pews we have now, instead of the previous box pews. All Saints is full of history reflecting the needs of the generations who have worshipped here before us. There have been many changes in the past few years which help us now to use the church on a daily basis for many different groups. There is a children's trail available with many interesting things to find out and see.

Please do come inside and explore and have time for yourself, the church is open in daylight hours. Or come and meet with others to worship or chat everyone is welcome.


If anyone would like to speak to Ann, please ring or email and we will endeavour to meet you as soon as we can.

The All Saints Parish Office, is in the grounds of Witley Infant School, opposite the Church.

Wishing you every blessing

James McKeran         Ann Fraser
                       James McKeran                                     Ann Fraser



The parish of Witley is made up of the villages of Witley, Brook, Wormley and Sandhills. The Parish Church of All Saints dates from about 1040 and is situated just off the main Petworth Road (A283) in Church Lane, opposite the White Hart public house. Witley CofE Infant School is opposite the church and has close links with it.

Apart from a regular pattern of worship on Sundays and Holy Days, the church serves the whole parish and after recent refurbishment is available every day for a variety of uses. The door is open in daylight hours for anyone who may wish to spend a quiet few moments or longer in the peace and quiet of this ancient building.

The mission of the church in Witley is to bring the love of God to all who live and work there. The church is open to all people, and here to serve the entire parish. Everyone is welcome at all services and other events and anyone is welcome to use the space in church for their own charitable or social events where appropriate. Click here for more information on using the church for your event.

If you are new to the area you are very welcome! There are a wide range of activities going on around the church that may interest you.

A team of Pastoral Assistants visit the housebound, take Communion to those who can't get to church for whatever reason, and generally help the clergy keep an eye on pastoral needs.

Ann would be pleased to talk with and welcome you. Enjoy the web-site!

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